Books

Right now, it’s hard to think of anything but what is happening in the world. In almost all countries, there have been major lockdowns, quarantines, and regulations put into place to avoid the spread of COVID-19. New York City, in particular, has closed schools, universities, restaurants, bars, gyms, cinemas and more. Offices have also closed, leaving many people working from home. And while it would be optimistic to think that everything could be the same, or even similar, with working remotely, or for some, not...
HOW TO BE FINE: What We Learned From Living By The Rules Of 50 Self-Help Books By Jolenta Greenberg and Kristen Meinzer(William Morrow) Authors Jolenta Greenberg and Kristen Meinzer have done the Lord’s work with this self-help reference guide. An endeavor first explored in the duo’s popular podcast By the Book, How To Be Fine takes readers inside their relentless quest to—for a limited time—live exactly the way self-help books tell them to, including such classics as The Secret and The Subtle Art of Not...
Harley Quinn took over this year at C2E2, Chicago’s annual comic and pop culture convention. The Brooklyn native mistress of mischief, clown princess of crime has struck out on her own – she’s left behind her abusive ex-boyfriend, the Joker, and found her own identity and friends.  But the iconic Harley Quinn we know from the recent film, Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn, wasn’t an entirely new creation. Her character was inspired by the comic Harley Quinn, written by Amanda Conner and...
On Thursday more than 100 employees of publishing house Hachette Book Group walked out in protest over the company’s acquisition of Woody Allen’s memoir Apropos of Nothing, slated for release in early April 2021. On Friday Hachette announced that they will no longer be publishing the memoir. The events of that twenty-four-hour window ramped up pretty quickly and displayed just how effect the voice of a collective can be. When it was announced on Tuesday that HBG would be putting out Allen’s memoir, the fallout online was...
When I read Too Much: How Victorian Constraints Still Bind Women Today, I knew I had to interview Rachel Vorona Cote. Cote outlines the book with personal anecdotes from throughout her life and analyzes constraints she's faced and beauty standards she's noticed alongside stories from both the Victorian era and popular culture today. Ultimately, she encourages women to reconsider what is, in fact, beautiful. This interview has been condensed for clarity. What prompted you to write this book?  I’m personally invested in the conversations surrounding women’s excess, the way...

Who says true love can’t be a good book? Here are 9 young adult titles that are sure to make you fall head over heels this Valentine’s Day, or all year round. There’s Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon Following up on her hit When Dimple Met Rishi, Menon has gifted us another adorable story of two teens with something to prove to themselves and the world. Ashish is fresh off a breakup and has to endure his persistent parents who are so sure that they...
Below is an excerpt from the book RESISTANCE WOMEN by Jennifer Chiaverini, a historical fiction novel based on the true story of an all-women espionage network who helped fight against Hitler in 1930s Berlin. Resistance Women is on sale now. March 1933 Mildred From the moment the crackdown on avowed and suspected Communists began, Mildred feared for Arvid’s safety. His publications and lectures made his academic interest in the Soviet Union’s Five-Year Plan a matter of public record, and his recent travels there and the founding of ARPLAN provided more evidence against him....
“IS SHE REALLY 87?” BUST intern Kerry asks while transcribing my interview with Alix Kates Shulman. “I...I can’t believe she’s talking about those things!”Yes, she’s really 87. But Shulman is one of the youngest 87-year-olds you’ll ever have the pleasure of meeting. And indeed, she has long been willing to “talk about those things.” Her groundbreaking 1972 book, Memoirs of an Ex-Prom Queen, was her way of introducing “those things” to the world; of exposing truths about women and sex that simply weren’t being told....
THE STARLESS SEA: A NovelBy Erin Morgenstern(Doubleday) The Starless Sea, the second novel by Erin Morgenstern (The Night Circus), is a love letter to books that sometimes reads like the longest possible entry on a bibliophile’s Tumblr page. The constant literary and pop culture references sprinkled throughout, especially in the thread following Zachary, a gaming graduate student, create a context that will feel familiar to readers who grew up online. Imagining a vast world of books being protected in places just out of reach, the...
From our Winter 2020 print issue, our reviewers chose three new titles about tackling the patriarchy, fighting toxic masculinity, and analyzing how men can do better.  Boys Will Be Boys: Power, Patriarchy, and Toxic Masculinity By Clementine Ford(Oneworld Publictions) In her follow up to Fight Like a Girl, Australian feminist Clementine Ford explores how patriarchy is embedded in every stage of our lives, starting from infancy to the politics of #MeToo. Ford not only examines how toxic masculinity hurts women through violence and limited opportunity, but also extends her...
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